| Wedding Ceremonies - Commitment
The rules for your commitment
ceremony are: There are no rules.
The content and style of every commitment ceremony will be
different, and tailored to the wants and needs of each individual
couple. Your ceremony can be as traditional and formal as
you like, or relaxed and unstructured. You can include religious
elements, favourite songs and poetry, or pagan rituals.
Generally speaking, a commitment ceremony
may contain the following elements:
The celebrant greets the guests and couple. She will probably
also say a few words about commitment in general, or specifically
about the couple's relationship.
This is the declaration by the couple of their intent to be
committed to each other. They may make promises and define
what that commitment means to them. The couple may choose
to use existing vows for this section, or to write their own.
The celebrant can help with ideas and suggestions.
Commitment ceremonies often include music, poetry or readings
about love. A couple can look to famous quotes or personal
writings for inspiration. It may be a great time to play the
song you first danced to together or read a love letter or
poem from one partner to the other.
Exchange of Rings
The couple may wish to exchange rings. Some words
may be said about what the rings symbolize, for example:
"I give you this ring as an expression of my love and
commitment to you"
"This ring symbolizes the wholeness of our union"
or "I'm pleased to give you this ring as a symbol of
the promises I've made to you today, and a public statement
to the world that I love only you."
The couple may wish to say something else
at this stage or not exchange rings at all. As was mentioned
before, the ceremony's contents are a personal choice.
Proclamation of Commitment
The celebrant announces to the guests that the couple is now
united, and invites the couple to kiss.
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